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Joining Healthy Gloucester Collaborative Youth Coordinator, Caitlin Kreitman, seated, friends at Addison Gilbert Hospital wore purple on Monday and purple ribbons to Take A Stand Against Substance Abuse. Visitors and staff who passed by the informational booth were able to join in the hospital's support by taking a purple ribbon. Healthy Gloucester Collaborative provided information about substance abuse prevention, support groups, and their Project Purple Photo contest, which you can learn more about and enter at www.facebook.com/HealthyGloucesterCollaborative. From left are Liz Soccorso, RN, CS, Director, Discover Beverly Partial Hospital Program, Melissa Gilliss, Office Manager, Discover, Susan Hochstedler, Clinical Leader, Discover Program (seated) Caitlin Kreitman, Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, Youth Coordinator, Laura Ferazzi, Gift Shop Manager, Carol Burns, EKG Tech, Vicki Morgan, visitor and Sefatia Romeo Theken, Community Health Liaison. Project Purple is an initiative of The Herren Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established by former NBA CELTICS basketball player Chris Herren, that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction. Project Purple was launched to break the stigma of addiction, bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse and shed light on effective treatment practices.

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